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Old Jun 5, 2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default What is a "thin client"?

Today, Distro Watch lists a new distribution called 2X OS 7.1. It says -

"This implementation has very little memory usage and is also suitable for very low specification thin clients."

That mystifies me. I'm 5ft 8in tall and weigh about 155lbs. I doubt that "very low specification thin clients" is meant to refer to people like me, but can anybody explain what it does refer to?
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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thin client vs. fat client

a thin client is a small application that runs locally but has most of the action on the server

a fat client is a larger application that runs locally but does not have much action on the server


Think of it like this;

a thin client is like having a tailor who measures you at your house but sends the work off shore to Thailand

a fat client is like having a tailor who measures you at your house and also cuts and sews your suit at your house.


Thin clients tend to require internet connectivity and good bandwidth. Fat clients tend to be able to run independently of connectivity.

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Old Jun 5, 2012, 4:36 PM   #3
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G'day ewan

Thx mate

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